Wednesday 22 November 2017

Orla joint-winner of arts bursary

Dundalk artist Orla Barry wearing one of her brooches.
Dundalk artist Orla Barry wearing one of her brooches.

Dundalk artist Orla Barry, who works from Bridge Street Studios, is a joint winner of Dundalk Arts Committee bursary for a residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre for Artists at Annaghmakerrig.

She graduated with an honours degree in Fine Art from Dublin Institute of Technology in 2007.

Orla is primarily a painter but over the last couple of months has developed a new range of Wearable Art including brooches which currently come in owl, bird and circle shapes along with necklaces and earrings. Each piece is hand painted with acrylics on laser cut wood and is completely unique, decorated with paper decoupage and metal foils and coated with a protective seal of varnish.

Wearable Art makes miniature paintings into statement pieces combining Orla's love of painting and jewellery. The pieces are intended to be affordable with prices starting at €18.

Her new collection has been received well and is presently available to purchase from a number of stockists in Ireland including Bridge Street Studios, The Leitrim Design House, My Shop...Granny Likes It in Galway, Jam Art Factory in Dublin, The Sweet Shop Gallery in Wexford and Handmade Design Studio in Westmeath.

Orla's paintings and wearable art are inspired by spiritual symbolism, mysticism, surrealism, fairytales, patterns and a search for perfect colour combinations.

Her work can be seen at Bridge Street Studios' Response exhibition which opens in Dundalk from November 18 to 29 and at Bridge Street Studios' Christmas open weekend from November 29 to December 1.

The Argus

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